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Abraham Paz Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Ring

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The quintessential Art Deco designer, Abraham Paz is one of the earliest maestros of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. He worked in Mexico City and many of the designs we associate with Fred Davis are actually Paz’s creations. His minimalist “masks”, shield-form links and tiered ring settings epitomize the elegant geometry the 1920s and 1930s are known for while also foreshadowing the less-is-more attitude of modernism. Pinky-size yet easily resizable, the ring I am presenting here is adorned by a piece of amethyst rich in inclusions that rests graciously upon an angular sterling gallery…   Size / Weight: currently sz 4.5 US (yet easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 3/4″ N-S and 5/8″ E-W; 5.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s initials “AP” as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-30s...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ Fred Davis style

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Based on a Fred Davis creation – if my memory doesn’t play tricks, that is – this Mexican silver bracelet combines repoussage, beading and oxidation to create links in a classic Deco design that conjures images of exotic birds as they unfurl richly colored, luxurious trains. I will suggest that it was made in Mexico City by a maker that though listed, remains in the shadows of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance at least until more research sheds on him (or her?) the light of recognition. Beautifully made, elegant in a way only Mexican Deco can be, with bubbles of interestingly variegated purple in the amethyst cabs, this is an easy to wear bracelet that can hold its own in any situation…   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable; laid out flat it measures 7 1/2″) by 1″ wide; 46.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials...

Eagle 22 Fred Davis style Mexican silver amethyst “mask” Bracelet

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Eagle 22, one of the assay marks used by Fred Davis, is stamped on the bracelet at hand and its design combined with the fact that Davis was not at all meticulous at signing his pieces makes me believe that we might as well be dealing here with one of this creations. The carved amethyst “masks” are rendered in the most minimalist manner, a classic Abraham Paz / Fred Davis characteristic. For me, they also bring to mind ancient Cycladic art yet they were made thousands of years later in a totally different part of the world…   Size / Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/16″ and 9/16″; 52.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Eagle 22 assay mark and “STERLING MEXICO”; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with gorgeous inclusions and color variations in the amethyst “masks”, nice patina, a very Deco geometric design and no...

classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise Bracelet

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Classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise bracelet in a design that is considered an iconic creation for the renowned designer, especially in this combination of materials. A row of repousse florets with stone hearts comfortably hugs the wrist and conforms to its movements freely. The turquoise cabs have developed an interesting variation of hues over the years which, in combination for the warmly glowing patina, adds character and a certain “life experience” to the bracelet. Need I say more?   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable) by 9/16″ wide; 31.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, great color in the turquoise cabs which are all securely set in their bezels with no problems, easy to wear, with no damage and no...

rare Fred Davis Mexican silver, copper and amethyst Necklace ~ grapes on the vine

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Dating around 1930, this Mexican Deco Fred Davis necklace in a design that rarely comes up, is an early example of “mixed metals” jewelry. Combining repousse silver with copper wire and then bringing in ripe, saturated color with the amethyst cabs, the necklace is an ode to vineyards and aromatic red wine. Though the brooch of the parure appears in the third edition of Morrill’s “Mexican Silver” (p. 28), the necklace is hard to find and I am thrilled to be presenting it here. Beautiful repoussage adds flesh to the central station while the links forming the chain are riveted to each other on the back resulting in a seamless flow of serrated leaves. Classy and classic…   Size/Weight: length between 16 1/2″ – 17″ (can easily accept an extension, if needed); central station is 2 7/8″ wide with a drop of 3″ (including...